If you must do it, do it well_Infographics

The HOW Interactice Design posted an interesting article “Quit it With All the Infographics Already [Infographic]” in September 23, 2011. Several interesting points I would like to point out–

1. The author says “Information design is a noble field”.
2. The author argues about the development of infographics nowadays–
     *Most infographics aren’t accessible for the visually impaired.
     *Those super-long infographics are practically useless on a mobile device.
     *Of all online infographics, 89% contain statistics of dubious veracity.
     *Many infographics are just plain bad. 
3. Suggestions to make infographics to be  useful, beautiful and accessible, seven tips are provided–
     *Collect good data, then get to know it.
     *
Find the appropriate form.
     *Consider every detail.
     *
Make the text earn its keep.
     *
Use color wisely.
     *
Get interactive.
     *
Test and test again.

Having said that, I would like to share the visualization processes of visual-information design that I proposed in 2010 at  PJIM– 

To ensure the quality of a Visual Information, there are two phases: the design phase (1-8) and the bridging phase (5~10) to follow. They sometimes may overlap and have, collectively, ten steps:
(1) definition: define concrete subjects or themes,

(2) outreach: reach out for all kinds of resources,

(3) synthesizing and mapping: organize and manage the information with diverse resources,

(4) understanding: understand the contexts and start visual mapping and visual thinking,

(5) problem discovery: frame the problems,

(6) problem solving: solve the problems and explore alternatives,

(7) solution envisioning: envision the solutions and envision how users use it,

(8) prototyping: prototype or design the production,

(9) testing and revision: undertake a usability test and revisions, and

(10) publishing or marketing: engage in revision cycles and finalize the project.

visualization processes of visual-information design

The visualization processes of visual-information design include ten steps in two phases: the design phase (1-8) and the bridging phase        (5~10). The problem-solving cycle (5~7) and testing-revision cycle     (7~9) may repeat according to various cases and circumstances..     (Lin, 2010, PJIM, 2 (4))

To view the entire article of “Quit it With All the Infographics Already [Infographic]” on HOW Interactive Design, click HERE.

To find academic articles about Information Mapping at PJIM, click HERE.

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    國立台灣科技大學 工商業設計系 / 設計所

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